Beach Haven Project Aimed at Resolving Nuisance Flooding

Aug 22, 2018
Courtesy Diane Spall

Beach Haven hopes to reduce nuisance flooding through a $3 million bond ordinance that was introduced by the borough council last week.

Councilman Donald Kakstis explained that the project is based on an inventory of the stormwater system and a master plan for its improvement prepared by Owen, Little & Associates that was issued in June 2016. The project includes removal and replacement of approximately 6,000 feet of storm drain pipe, the installation of inline tide valves (back flow preventers) to restrict bay water from flooding the streets, and three new bayside pump stations at the ends of Seventh Avenue, 10th Avenue and Pearl Street.

“It is believed this project will reduce the flooding of both businesses on Bay Avenue and residential properties west of Bay Avenue,” said Kakstis. Beach Haven will seek a New Jersey state grant to cover 50 percent of the cost, he said. Additional funding will be requested from the county, which shares ownership of the storm drains.

Kakstis said the program mirrors one in Ocean City that was approved in August 2016 and is now being followed up with a second project announced in January 2018. While Beach Haven is still awaiting a schedule for the completion of this work, it is expected to require 16 to 24 months, after the project’s approval. All five council members voiced support for the project.

Borough Engineer Frank Little said nuisance flooding refers to streets inundated due to severe rainstorms and thunderstorms.

“After a severe rain event, it could take eight hours for the streets to be free of flood waters,” said Little. “The new pump stations would cut out that time significantly.”

Little said a thunderstorm last month left most of Bay Avenue impassable for several hours.

“These flash flood events happen mostly during the summer,” he said. “And when the streets are flooded and nobody can walk or drive around, the businesses can suffer. We’re confident that these new pump stations will help alleviate this problem.”

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.  —E.E.

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